For the last twenty years, the rate of death caused by dangerous drugs has over tripled. This is a terrifying fact.
The scarier part is that this rate is increasing among teenagers and children. It’s not just adults that are dying from overdoses.
You might be wondering how children get ahold of these drugs?
Usually, from the parents, there are numerous news stories these days about drugs dropped on the ground and eaten by children. The amounts that most adults use are enough to kill the child then.
Since the year 2000, it is estimated that the opioid crisis has taken over 8,000 teens and children. This is a real epidemic and something that we cannot ignore any longer.
The number of adults that have passed due to overdose is, of course, higher, but the alarming thing is that the death of teens and children is following suit. It should be a much, much lower number.
Most of these deaths, nearly half, happened where the child or teen lives. This means that you really can prevent your child’s death if you are aware and taking care to talk to them about this crisis.
You can be aware of what is going on in the household and have an open conversation. If not, it could lead to your child becoming another statistic.
Statistically, it is seen that white men are more likely to overdose, but this does not leave others out at all. Most are also at the age of 17 to 18. That doesn’t change the fact though that kids as young as 6 are being taken from us because of these deadly drugs.
There is a push now to figure out a solution to the Fentanyl problem that is upon us. Some of the solutions involve new packaging for opioids to prevent accidental ingestion, harsher prison times for those that sell tainted drugs, and various other punishments to deter dealers from selling to minors.
If you or your child is experiencing difficulties due to pills or illicit drugs like Fentanyl, we want you to know that you are not alone. It can be hard to see treatment, and we don’t want you to become a statistic.
These statistics only serve to give you an idea of how serious the problem is. It is not going to go away unless we really push at it and make a change. We need a world where our kids aren’t dying due to overdoses.